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Announcing Voluntary Dues for New Members
In a 2018 survey, we were thrilled to learn that almost every single East End Temple member said they would recommend our congregation to a friend. As we approach the new Temple year, we hope you’ll do just that! This year, we’re making new membership even more accessible.
Throughout our 72-year history, East End Temple has relied on fixed dues categories based on age and allowing for individual adjustments as needed. This spring, our Board agreed that the time had come to change to a new dues and membership model that better aligns with our core values of diversity, accessibility, and appreciation of all giving and receiving.
We are calling this new model Voluntary Dues for New Members and it is specifically for new members joining East End Temple between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Voluntary Dues for New Members is being launched as a one-year pilot initiative after careful study by our Task Force on Alternative Dues Models. While we will be the first Manhattan synagogue to adopt this approach, Voluntary Dues models have been adopted in about 50 temples across the country.
After one year, we will evaluate successes and challenges to inform future decisions regarding East End Temple’s membership model for both new and ongoing members.
East End Temple makes this big city much smaller. It offers a space to build relationships; to connect to something greater than immediate tasks; to connect to one’s heritage, faith, and dreams for the future. We hope that you will help us to share our special spiritual home with your friends and family.
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